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Ponce de Leon Hotel opened in 1888 with first-night guests Vanderbilt...

The Ponce de Leon Hotel was built by millionaire Henry Morrison Flagler, Standard Oil co-founder (with John D. Rockefeller) and opened in 1888.

NTA Travel Exchange generates 114 million reasons for members to smile

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Travel Exchange 2013 generated 114 million reasons for NTA members to smile, association leaders announced today.

Florida overturns International Driving Permit requirement for UK travelers

LONDON, England - A new law in Florida which banned UK travelers from driving a car in the State unless they held an International Driving Permit (IDP) has been overturned.

Celebrating 500th anniversary of Florida’s discovery by European explorers

From plastic flamingos to freshly squeezed orange juice to consistent balmy temps, Florida has a lot going for it. If you are looking for an excuse to visit, 2013 is the year to do it.

Two Iceland tourists die while skydiving in Florida

Two skydivers from Iceland, one an instructor and the other a student, have died after a skydiving jump, Florida media reports.

Florida “Chicken Church” becomes bizarre tourist attraction

A church has become an internet sensation after hundreds of people have flocked to see the face of a chicken within its walls.

Florida’s parks welcoming new and exciting attractions

LONDON, England - Florida's theme parks have been delighting holidaymakers for decades, and Disney World tickets continue to be a hugely popular choice for those in search of fun in the sun.

World’s first high-speed amphibian debuts at Miami Boat Show

MIAMI, Fla. - The world's first high-speed sports amphibian, the GIBBS Quadski, will make its Miami public debut at this year's Miami International Boat Show (Feb. 14-18).

Alaska Airlines launches nonstop service between San Diego and Orlando

SEATTLE, Wash. - Alaska Airlines today launched nonstop service between Orlando, Fla., and San Diego. The carrier will fly between the two cities five times a week.

ICTP welcomes Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in

ICTP welcomes Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in

Photo of Florida tourist chief making Nazi salute sparks investigation

Florida tourism official is being investigated after posting a picture of himself making a Nazi salute in front of a symbol resembling a swastika.

Florida and Central Gulf Coast prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania - Isaac (storm) will cross Cuba this weekend before threatening Florida and the central Gulf Coast next week, according to a report by AccuWeather.

Seychelles team heads to Miami

A Seychelles delegation made up of the Seychelles Tourism Board and senior management from DMCs (Destination Management Companies) Mason’s Travel and Creole Travel Services are scheduled to attend t

Florida junkie burns down ancient cypress tree

A Florida woman is in jail accused of starting a fire that destroyed one of the world's oldest cypress trees.

What will you see with an ocean-view room?

A man called, furious about a Florida package a travel agent had sold tohim.When asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando, he said he was expecting an ocean-view room.

Florida enjoying Brazilian tourist invasion

ORLANDO, Fla. - "Oi -- Sejam bem-vindos!" -- meaning "Hi, welcome!" -- is a Portuguese phrase heard more and more these days at Florida's tourist spots.

Where is this place?

A man and his wife were driving their recreational vehicle across the country and were nearing a town in Florida spelled Kissimmee.

World’s most successful wine festival to take place in Naples

NAPLES, Fla. - The city of Naples, Fla. will host many of the world's most esteemed chefs and vintners on Jan. 27, when the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival kicks off its 12th annual event.

Florida to launch campaign to attract European nudists

If a new plan works, thousands of European nudists will come to the Tampa Bay area next summer.

Gulfstream International rebrands itself as Silver Airways

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - VPAA Co. dba/Gulfstream International Airlines ("Gulfstream") announced today its adoption of a new name and brand: Silver Airways.

Belleview Biltmore in Belleair may soon literally bite the dust

The 114-year-old Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa in Belleair, Florida, is on its last legs. It is reported (by Lori Helfand, St.

Making Orlando greatest green destination in the world

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the U.S. Green Building Council, Central Florida Chapter, will make an announcement that will dramatically impact the hospitality industry in Orlando.

UK holidaymakers take advantage of airline promos for winter travel

LONDON, England - Thanks to the recent huge airlines sales throughout June, July, and August, tour operators in Florida have reported seeing increases in bookings from Britain throughout November 2011

Updates after initial sideswipe from Hurricane Irene

Category one Hurricane Irene passed by the Caribbean and Florida, causing only minor cosmetic damage to some Turks & Caicos and Bahamas resorts. The following udpates were received from the resorts.

ABC Charters brings Cuba landing rights to Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. - Today, the Cuban government has authorized flights between Cuba and Tampa after almost 50 years.

Orlando to remain the hottest US tourist spot in 2011

Orlando has been a popular destination for tourists from all over the world for many years, but it saw a record number of visitors in 2010.

Orlando draws record breaking 51.455 million visitors in 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. - In simultaneous bi-coastal events, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs along with City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in Orlando, Fla.